THROUGH THE TREES WE SEE KERCKEBOSCH
01/06/2018 - Through the trees we see Kerckebosch
Kerckebosch is transformed into a new residential area in the beautiful wooded surroundings of Zeist.
Thanks to the hedge structure, every resident experiences the atmosphere of living in a forest and the ecological connection with the Utrecht landscape. Residents indicate that they are exceptionally happy with the bright living rooms and the spacious balcony. The materials of the facade with natural slates and clear lacquered frames are also very popular.
FARO Architects has designed 23 single-family homes and 40 apartments in Kerckebosch for Woongoed Zeist and for DURA Vemeer.
Bosgaarde single-family homes
To ensure urban planning continuity, we have built on the idiom of neighboring ‘Booming’ project. We looked for connections in various areas to create a strong sense of family.
But like in every family, there are differences also. We find that in the nuances. We make the head facades more open and even more inviting, as a matter of course we also place the housing entrances here.
By adding a second color of brick, we make a composition with the facades, which makes them informal. The facade composition therefore has something of the subtle nuances of the bark of a tree. As we go deeper into the road, this informal and the reference of the trees becomes increasingly important.
In Stuifduinen we build 40 apartments right next to the De Vossenburg project from Woongoed Zeist. This is a powerful and sculptural building with grateful ingredients to build on!
The Beverburg is a solid residential building with 6 floors, for the location. The challenge here was to shape the volume so that it is friendly to its environment and that as many trees as possible can be preserved.
A game of set-backs, diagonally placed balconies and the choice to replace the masonry facade with natural slates in strategic positions provide the plastic to the building. The dense parapets in the same material as the facade provide a balanced and calm image and provide privacy on the balconies. All interventions together lead to an unambiguous building, with maximum articulation and a facade that does justice to the universality of the place.
FARO’s spearheads are applied excellently in both projects. For example, for both projects, ecology and sustainability, energy, the environment and health have been assumed. In our opinion, fantastic success. Living with nature around you, a dream that now comes true for many!